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Belfast chef Michael Deane named Mentor of the Year

Belfast chef Michael Deane. Picture by Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

BELFAST chef Michael Deane has been named 'Mentor of the Year' at the 2023 Michelin Guide event for Great Britain and Ireland.

The 62-year-old, who owns seven restaurants, has formerly held a Michelin star for 13 years.

One of his eateries, Eipic in Belfast, is one of just three Michelin-starred establishments in Northern Ireland. Previously, he held one for Deanes in Howard Street, from 1997 to 2010.

The chef attended the ceremony at Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire on Monday night.

He said: "I have been around a long time, and in the words of Thomas Keller, it’s important we make the next generation better, without that, we don’t have anything".

Eipic, Ox and Muddlers Club in Belfast all retained their one-star Michelin status for 2023, but no new stars were given to any businesses in Northern Ireland.

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